Articles from January, 2013

A's the most common college grade?

An Austin opinion column led us to consider the prevalence of college A's.  

Rick Perry fulfills, achieves compromises on 54 percent of his campaign promises

The Texas governor has fulfilled, or compromised on, more than half the promises he made winning re-election.

Doggett v. Cornyn

Lloyd Doggett drew a Half True bead on John Cornyn’s mention of partly shutting down the government.  

Austin mayor's watery claim

Lee Leffingwell’s claim about water quality proved iffy.  

MLK, Romney and the GOP

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has been central to two fact checks.  

Perry’s “phenomenal” False

Rick Perry proclaimed a "phenomenal" increase in school funding. It shakes out as a decrease.  

PolitiFact Texas turns 3

The Austin American-Statesman's Texas-centric venture in fact-checking political figures just turned three.

OMG! Welfare Death Spiral?! Read before you FWD or RT

A map making the rounds claims that "11 States now have More People on Welfare than they do Employed." We smelled smoke.

A $300 million fact check

As lawmakers convened, a state board authorized the release of millions of dollars for public schools--reminding us of a pair of relevant fact checks.

Susan Combs on the Truth-O-Meter

The state comptroller has a Truth-O-Meter report card featuring two Flip-O-Meter checks.  

Smoking out Rick Perry, David Dewhurst and Joe Straus

More than 100 times, claims by Rick Perry and two fellow leaders have met the Truth-O-Meter, sometimes to smoky results.

Did Washington say firearms ensured freedom from government tyranny?

Texas’ U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (in the news of late for his vote against re-electing House Speaker John Boehner), recently said on "Fox News Sunday" that Americans should be able to own military-style weapons "for the reason George Washington said a free people should be an armed people. It ensures against the tyranny of the government." That wasn’t quite what the father of our country meant, we learned.

Sizing up the Texas economy

How huge is the Texas economy? We checked a couple big ol' claims.